Monday, July 06, 2009

Welcome Karen Syed!

This logo is for Echelon Press, the publishing company that produced the Missing Anthology. CEO Karen Syed has a big heart and a loyal following. Not many publishers in this economy are publishing titles with all proceeds going to charity like in the case of Missing. I've met so many new authors through Echelon as well as many great books. I asked Karen to guest blog because I'm impressed with her company and her new healthy eating habits. She brought an original recipe here for my readers. Enjoy!-Amy
Life is precious. I learned that in March 2008 when I was diagnosed in heart failure with an enlarged heart (three times its normal size). I was only forty-three years old. I couldn't imagine. Sure I was overweight, and I hadn't always eaten great, but heart failure? What the heck was I supposed to do?

Well, first I had to give up caffeine. Then I had to limit myself to 2000mgs of salt per day. ARE YOU NUTS?! I was easily consuming 5 to 6 times that per day. Of course I did not know that until I actually started looking at labels. That alone almost gave me a heart attack.

But I have a lot to live for and I decided I could do this. I could change my wicked salty ways and I could still eat food that tasted good. Just not bread-because bread has a lot of sodium in it. But a year later I found out that I am a Type II diabetic. Insult to injury, as they say. So what did I do?

I got down to work. I am now working on creating my own low sodium, low carb, and tasty recipes. This is my first attempt and it turned out great if I do say so myself. So give it a try and enjoy.
Karen's Cranberry Bread Machine Recipe:
When using your bread machine, put in the ingredients in the order they are listed. This is very important.
1 1/2 Pounds:
½ cup milk
¼ cup cranberry juice
3 cups bread flour
1 egg
2 tablespoons butter
¾ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
1 ¼ teaspoons yeast
1 cup raisins
Once you have included all your ingredients, choose your settings.
1 ½ pound loaf
Light Crust
Sweet Bread

We got 12 slices put of this loaf and the numbers came up like this.
Per slice: 104 calories, 22 carbs, 1 protein, 2 fats, 5 cholesterol, 13 sodium


Jessica said...

I can't wait to try this. I think I might try craisins instead of rasins though.

Best of luck to you on your road to better health. I'm strolling along with you.

Karen Syed said...

Thanks. I think the craisins would work great, but the secret is in the juice instead of water. You could probably substitute any juice you liked, but keep it healthy and low in the carbs and sodium!

Pam Ripling said...

I'm going to try this, too, just as soon as I get my bread machine back from my son! :)